Buying a Swiss Pass in Switzerland or not

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Mar 1, 2011 - 11:04 AM
Hi there

Thanks for your most informative forum.
I do have a few questions:
Our plane land in Zurich at 06:16 on 13 September 2011.
We plan to buy our swiss saver pass at the train station.
a) What is the office hours of your travel agent at the train station?
It seems to me it is cheaper to buy the swiss saver pass in South Africa at EURO 288 (as quoted by World Travel) than in Zurich. Why is that the case? Do you give discounts to travelagents?
b) When buying the pass at your travel agent do they offer special packages/discount vouchers on 15 days saver passes as they do on the 4 or 8 day passes and is the vouchers applicable in other cities/towns or only Zurich?
c) After buying the pass will we receive a booklet with various time schedules in it or must the schedules be obtained in the various cities we planned to stay?
d) Can you please confirm the cost of a round trip to the Jungfraujoch from Grindewald travelling by swiss pass in September 2011.
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Mar 1, 2011 - 12:38 PM

Hi ansac,

Good to hear that you like the forum. Thanks! As for your questions:

a) Information about stations can be found on the website of the Swiss federal railways. Prices in South Africa (or other countries) can indeed be different than purchasing in Switzerland. I don't know World Travel, but in general, resellers can set their own prices, so it might either be cheaper or more expensive to purchase in advance. If you click South Africa on the Swiss Pass page, you'll find that a 15-day Swiss Saver Pass for 2 people costs R 5,758.00 through the reseller we work with. The price in Switzerland is R 6,062.
b) I'm not sure what you mean. Where did you find the voucher? Normally, passes of any duration offer the same discounts. Except for special (temporary) promotions, which can be different per country and reseller. Currently, a free upgrade to 1st class is being offered if you travel in Spring, for example.
c) No, a timetable is not included. Schedules can be found on all stations, online as a travel planner and online per station. You can also buy a country wide time table with all trains, buses, boats etc. for CHF 16 at any manned station. In many cases there's also a free or cheap regional version available.
d) Prices are listed on the Jungfrau Railways site. A return ticket Grindelwald - Jungfrau with Swiss Saver Pass would be reduced by 25%. It costs CHF 124.50 per person.

Hopefully this will help to further prepare for your trip.

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